You can get lost in the notion of being a small fish in a very large ocean of investment options. It’s at this precise point that it becomes crucial for you to adjust your paradigm, or way of thinking, in order to meet the challenges you’re presented with head on. Think of this mental re-conditioning as a way to trim your sails in the face of today’s financial storms.
To begin with, in order to be truly successful, or in other words to emulate the behaviors of truly successful people, there are a few key principles you must understand and apply to your daily practices.
The first and most important of these principles is that your life is and will be EXACTLY what you make of it. It sounds over-simplified, I know, but hear me out. The world functions down to the smallest atom on certain unchangeable natural laws. What goes up must come down, objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and so forth. But the most profound of these laws is that of cause and effect, a principle which simply states that a process must be initiated in order to carry itself out to completion. A similar concept which springs forth from cause and effect, and the core of what we’re talking about here, is called the law of attraction, or manifestation, or any other name it has been called by. It is simply the force which carries an idea from its initial intent to its final result. What this means to you and I is that whatever intent or attitude we place into being has the full potential to be made manifest, like a message sent out to the universal order that will, in fact be answered in one manner or another. So getting back to the simple, what we think is what we will become, simply because we have started its creation by thinking of it.
Given this reality, it becomes paramount to discipline our ways of thinking toward the positive and productive. The mind is like a muscle, and flexing it can be difficult at first, but given some time and exercise, positive thought can become second nature. Meditation, or simply making a daily ritual of affirming your goals to yourself can be excellent starting points on this evolution. There are, of course, more advanced steps, however those are bridges you will want to cross when you get to them. My seven step program, referred to at the bottom of this article covers those advanced techniques in detail. Now that we’ve established the need to affirm your principles of action and personal goals, let’s take a look at some of the most important of those principles.
1. Abundance is a Function of Natural Law:
Inherent in nature’s laws of cause and effect lies the universal truth that abundance is always present in our world, needing only to be claimed by those willing to initiate their own cause, within the boundaries of time tested methods.
2. Net Worth Begins With Self Worth:
In any free market transaction, true value must be demonstrated in order to attain rewards. Therefore, one must create superior worth and directly associate that worth with every action he or she takes. Because all people will inevitably act to their own benefit first and foremost, you must respond in kind by elevating your own value to a level of superior market worth.
3. With Freedom Comes Responsibility:
Having personal freedom means, above all, that you are given a choice of whether to act as master of your own destiny, or be acted upon haphazardly by those who are looking out for their own best interests. In order to be truly prosperous, however, one must be willing to live by true principles. For some it goes without saying, but one of these can easily be summed up by the Golden Rule. Positive goals can never be accomplished with any lasting result through harm or deceit. But the most profound implication of this pillar is that YOU DO have the ability to live abundantly whenever you so choose.
4. Intent Manifests as Reality:
In This principle has been referred to by various scholars and luminaries by such names as “The Law of Attraction,” “The Principle of Manifest Intent,” and even “The Power of Prayer.” It is simply the act of making your will known to the universe, and contributing the necessary effort to bring that will about. Because this principle is so far reaching and powerful, it becomes paramount to discipline one’s thoughts toward the positive.
5. You are Your Own Best Asset:
The fundamental difference between the mindset of a CONSUMER, once termed ‘sucker’ by famous American entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, and that of a CREATOR is that a consumer believes material possessions to be the only source of value. Whereas, a creator views human life as the only true source of value. Thus consumers primarily drain the marketplace, while creators primarily add to it.
6. Your Life Has Profound Impact:
Reaching even beyond the infinite value of your own life, you can gain boundless significance, simply by remembering those whose lives you deeply desire to change for the better. Your loved ones, children, friends, and colleagues will all benefit tremendously from the positive actions YOU take. As Thomas Jefferson once so eloquently penned, “All men [and women]are created equal.” Realizing this wisdom, it becomes imperative to achieve your duly endowed potential by creating value for yourself and others.
7. Money is Granted Value by Transactions:
Because the amount of money you make is always directly proportionate to the value that you bring to the table, your value is legitimized by profit. If sufficient value is not present, no transaction can possibly be performed. This principle serves to protect and benefit both parties.
8. Success is the New Normal
As Rupert Murdoch, one of America’s greatest moguls has said, “The world is changing fast.” No longer is it normal for prosperity to remain exclusive to the select few of society’s elite. One need only watch the evening news to see fast acting and energetic individuals making leaps and bounds every day toward leveling the playing field of American business.
9. The Path of the Herd is NOT Always the Correct Path:
The fact that all of the other dogs are barking up a given tree does not make that tree the right one. Enough said?
10. Ownership Equals Freedom:
True freedom is only possible through independence. As long as one must rely upon an outside source for survival, he or she is not truly free. As Alexander Hamilton said, “Power over a man’s subsistence amounts to power of his will.”